Microsoft v Reality? - Computing: - Miss match
"Microsoft may have made many a mis-step but the company's audacious early goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition, bringing with it incalculable change, most of it for the good."
"Microsoft may have made many a mis-step" Yes, that's certainly right.
"the company's audacious early goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition"
Home computing would have come in without that man anyway, I had years of enjoyment and use of "home" computers before IBM PC and the severely crippled M$ software came limping along (remember 640K memory? More than enough apparently!)
I also used acoustic couplers and normal 'phone lines on main frames between universities to communicate before Gates even knew that a PC could talk to another PC.
His attitude towards software -and making money- crippled computer adoption and innovation for decades.
Ask where the smart money is now. Linux anyone? Without that, no internet (check the servers, Google Facebook, etc.,) Linux (Android)? Really smart 'phones without the (again) crippling handicap of another "control freak and computing Messiah" ( the "I" in the name tells you all you need to know about him).
How many other examples does one need to realise that Gates was a one shot wonder, whose one shot made enough money to buy in everything M$ wasn't smart enough to have developed itself. The "Internet" anyone?
Where are the M$ "innovations" of the last twenty years? Sorry, is there an example of one they didn't buy in?
"most of it for the good."
I would like to see you prove that contention!